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  1. I was watching Rene Redzepi on Saturday Kitchen, possible because he said he was going to make his own Marmite but that is another blog post! My ears pricked up again when I heard him discussing how he used the seasons in his restaurant. This is a topic I bang on about a fair amount of time, but to hear someone else talking on the same topic, I had to find out more about Rene.

    rene redzepi

    "Our menu will have three distinct seasons that we feel really fit our part of the world. In the cold months, like right now, we look towards the waters and serve only seafood, then when we go into the growing season, which typically starts in Scandinavia around June, we'll have a vegetable menu and everything will change, even the ceramics we serve the food on. Then from early autumn to January it's the game and forest season - the only time when meat will play a starring role."

    You can read the whole article here  https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/news/restaurant-news/a-tour-of-the-new-noma-with-rene-redzepi-4080

    So what about you? How to do you integrate the seasons into your planning? Do up you pump up the marketing or do you use the quiet times to recharge and plan? Tell me what the seasons mean to you ?

     

  2. Charlie Williams on Golden Shot low res

    Once upon a time I live in the People Republic of South Yorkshire. I lived and work there for nine years. Being a young person living alone there was never enough money for me to have a nice car! So I took a second job. I had worked in bars before so when I saw an advert for bar staff at a night club near by called " Charlies" I went along to try it. The Charlie is question was the much-loved local comedian Charlie Williams. Life there was fun, always someone new on the stage and I met many famous faces. We worked are a team, but more about that another day. The bar was run by Charlie's daughter who had the most amazing eye for style of anyone I ever met. I went on to work for them even when they moved pubs. 

    I also learnt a lot more about business. 

    1. Keep it simple. Any offer that is too complicated for the buyers or the staff to understand will only cause problems and will not promote buying. Simple pricing is also important.

    2. Give them time to buy. We had many of Charlies friends did comedy slots at the club. However there were people he wouldn't want there. Much as he thought Ken Dodd was a great bloke and very funny his was well-known for his act running over time. 45 minutes Charlie said was long enough. They need to have time to buy a drink or two. Remember to work in buying time to your workshops/events

    3. Smile. Most of our customers were lovely people, but as in any bar we had some challenging ones. Charlie had the most amazing smile, it made me smile. It also disarmed the worst of customers. Being behind a counter most of my early life smiles and being polite to customers come naturally to me. It like a switch in my brain. 

    We can learn lessons from many different people in your life. Most people who come into your life will teach you at least one thing. I hope that I can teach you many things to help you sparkle in your business.

    I would love to hear about lessons you have learned for someone outside your family, so use the comments to share that.

  3. When the letter landed to telling me I had finally come to the top of the list for a minor operation I had been waiting for I was pleased. 

    1st of February, great I thought, I cleared my diary for February as I was told I may not be able to drive for 4 weeks, although I could be lucky and it just be 3 or 5 days.

    I thought of all those online courses I have stacked up, I thought of all the family history had planned. I filled the freezer with simple meals for the family to re heat. ORGANISED! I was so ready for this.

    Yep you guessed it, there was so many things I hadn't thought about, it wasn't just not being able to drive! I can't write and eating those meals in the freezer isn't that easy too.

    Add in how much extra effort it is to get dresses or how hard it is to butter a slice of toast for myself! 

    Yep six days and in and I feeling frustrated at how little I can do to keep my business ticking over. "I will do lots of lives" I thought, but having issues washing and styling my hair and restricted what I can wear has meant no lives yet. Using my voice has made it easier to send texts, write emails, or even post on Facebook. I will do more of that even when my hand is better.

    This is not a post for your sympathy, this is a post to say can you business survive if you are suddenly out of the equation?

    Do you have a plan for if you laptop breaks down?

    Can you carry on without your phone? 

    Be prepared my friends.

    Do what you enjoy, Enjoy what you do!

    Lynnda